Christmas Masses in Bethlehem 2012

Visitor Information Center is honored to present the schedule of the Christmas church services in Bethlehem. The schedule of masses in the Shepherds’ Fields and Milk Grotto in the foreign languages will be known on the 23rd of December – please check back for an update.
Silver Star in the Nativity Grotto

LATIN CATHOLIC CHURCH of St. Catherine (Nativity Church, Manger Square)


  • 1 pm at the Tomb of Rachel: His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fuad Twal, is welcomed by, Latin Parish Priest of Bethlehem and representatives of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour.
  • 2:30 pm at the Manger Square: Solemn Entry of His Beatitude into the Basilica of the Nativity and St. Catherine Church followed by Pontifical Vespers.
  • 4 pm at St. Catherine: Daily Procession to the Nativity Grotto.
  • 9 pm at St. Catherine: The Church opens (Tickets required).
  • 11.15 pm at St. Catherine: SOLEMN “OFFICE OF READINGS”.


  • 00.00 at the Manger Grotto: Low Masses till 1.30 in Arabic (Tickets required);
  • 1.30 am at St. Catherine: Solemn traditional Procession to the Grotto until 2.30.
  • 2.30 am at the Manger Grotto: Low Masses till 5.15 (no tickets required), Interruption from 5.30 to 7.00 approximately.
  • 7.30 am at St. Catherine: PARISH MASS IN ARABIC.
  • 2 pm Pilgrimage to the Greek and then to the Latin Shepherd’s Field.

CHRISTMAS LUTHERAN CHURCH (Madbaseh Square, Tel. 02-2742312)

  • 24/12/2012 – 5 pm and 10 pm – Christmas Eve Holy Masses
  • 25/12/2012 – 10.30 am Christmas Holy Mass at the Christmas Lutheran Church

GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCH (Star Street, Tel. 02-2742493)

  • 24/12/2012 – 8 pm Divine Liturgy (Arabic)
  • 25/12/2012 – 9.30 am Divine Liturgy (Arabic)
  • 26/12/2012 -10.00 am Divine Liturgy (Arabic)

SALESIAN FATHERS (Paul VI Street, Tel. 02-2742421)

  • 24/12/2012 – 6 pm Christmas Holy Mass at the Sacred Heart’s (Arabic)
  • 25/12/2012 – 8.30 am Christmas Holy Mass at the Sacred Heart’s (Arabic)

SYRIAN CATHOLIC VICARIATE (St. Joseph, Manger Street, Tel. 02-2742497)

  • 24/12/2012 – 7 pm Holy Mass (Syrian, Arabic) – St. Joseph Grotto (St. Catherine Latin Church)
  • 26/12/2012 -10.00 am Holy Mass (Syrian, Arabic)

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